Experiment and Explore: Science Seminar

For rising 9th-12th-grade girls:

Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2022

Spend a week of your summer at Hollins University in our renovated Dana Science Building. Experiment and Explore is for all budding scientists! You’ll have experience in biology, chemistry, and environmental science along with being able to delve deeper into scientific topics that you are passionate about including forensic science, ecology, and health science. 

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Residential: $1,050
Day (9 am – 5 pm): $500


Below are Hollinsummer topics and presenters for 2022; please check back later for Hollinsummer 2023 details.

Susan CampbellSusan campbell, assistant professor in the department of animal and poultry sciences and core faculty member in the school of neuroscience at Virginia Tech

  • Has a B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Current work at Virginia Tech involves studying novel mechanisms by which altered communication between brain cells leads to the development of epilepsy
  • Interested in identifying unconventional targets that may uncover novel therapeutic strategies to treat patients with epilepsy. Also examining the interaction between anti-epileptic drugs and the gut microbiome to better understand its involvement in the treatment of epilepsy
  • Studies pediatric epilepsy by investigating the divergent mechanisms by which brain cancer cells induce seizures in the adult and pediatric brain. The goal is to develop more targeted therapies for pediatric tumor-associated epilepsy.


  • Has a B.S. in chemistry from the UMass Lowell and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Tufts University
  • Was a postdoctoral fellow at UMass Worcester
  • Research involves the design, synthesis, and evaluation of efficient probe detection of cysteine-rich proteins in biological settings
  • Interested in exploring new methods in carbohydrate chemistry and applying them into the total synthesis of pharmaceutical products which have several biological activities